Archives for the Category: Cash for Clunkers
Posted by GVN Admin on September 3rd, 2015 in Category Auto Salvage, Car News, Cash for Clunkers, Cool Cars, Fun and Humor, Marketing and Promotion, Our Affiliates, Our Green World, Recycling News, Retire your Ride, Site News, Uncategorized, USA, Used Car Parts, Used Cars (no responses)
Do you know what to do every time you step in the drivers seat, and what features are available to help make your driving experience better and easier?
While automakers are spending billions of dollars loading up their vehicles with technologies of all kinds, many owners are not using them and would rather use their smartphones instead, according to the first-ever J.D. Power 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report.
The market research firm found that at least 20 percent of new vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features that DrIVE measured. For the consumer, this means they are paying for something they are not using, said Kristin Kolodge, executive director of driver interaction & HMI research at J.D. Power.
The report looked at driver experiences with in-vehicle technology features during the first 90 days of ownership and was based on responses from more than 4,200 owners and lessees of 2015-model-year vehicles.
Features that owners did not use
43 percent—In-vehicle concierge feature such as OnStar.
38 percent—Mobile connectivity, such as a factory installed Wi-Fi hot spot.
35 percent—Automatic parking system, which aids in either parallel or perpendicular parking with limited interaction by the driver.
33 percent—Head-up display.
32 percent—Built-in apps such as Pandora.
“Tired and impatient, car buyers just want to get out of the dealership, often without becoming fully oriented with all of their new car’s features,” says Tom Mutchler, Consumer Reports’ automotive human factors engineer. “But many high-tech features aren’t immediately obvious or intuitive, especially when trying to decipher their use for the first time when driving.”
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Posted by GVN Admin on July 15th, 2015 in Category Affiliate News, Auto Salvage, Canada, Car News, Cash for Clunkers, Charity News, Cool Cars, Cool Green Future, Fun and Humor, Green News, Green Tips, Interviews, Marketing and Promotion, Our Affiliates, Our Green World, Recycling News, Retire your Ride, Site News, Uncategorized, USA, Used Car Parts, Used Cars (no responses)
With technology advancing in the automotive industry and with the results skyrocketing new tech features are the most important piece of the puzzle. However, car makers have discovered this fact which may to them continuing to keep information close to home.
Carmakers are limiting the data they share with technology partners Apple and Google through new systems that link smartphones to vehicle infotainment systems, defending access to information about what drivers do in their cars.
Auto companies hope that the vehicle data will one day generate billions of dollars in e-commerce, though they are just beginning to form strategies for monetizing the information. Apple and Google already make money from smartphone owners by providing a variety of products and services, from digital music to targeted advertising, and connecting phones to car systems will almost certainly extend their reach.
But as infotainment systems such as Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto become more widespread, auto companies hope to keep tech providers from gaining access to a wealth of potentially profitable information collected by computer systems in cars.
Some auto companies have specifically said they will not provide Apple and Google with data from the vehicle’s functional systems — steering, brakes and throttle, for instance — as well as information about range, a measure of how far the car can travel before it runs out of gas.
“We need to control access to that data,” said Don Butler, Ford Motor Co.’s executive director of connected vehicle and services. “We need to protect our ability to create value” from new digital services built on vehicle data.
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Posted by GVN Admin on June 20th, 2015 in Category Affiliate News, Auto Salvage, Canada, Car News, Cash for Clunkers, Charity News, Cool Cars, Cool Green Future, Fun and Humor, Green News, Green Tips, Interviews, Marketing and Promotion, Our Affiliates, Our Green World, Recycling News, Retire your Ride, Site News, Uncategorized, USA, Used Car Parts, Used Cars (no responses)
The scheduled release of General Motor’s new hybrid cars will soon make them stand out in hope to compete with other companies in the electric field of automotives.
General Motors has mapped out a comprehensive electrification strategy that includes a reinvented 2016 Volt plug-in hybrid, a 2016 Malibu hybrid, the retail launch of the Spark EV in Canada and other markets, and the Bolt EV.
The Bolt, with a range of 321 kilometers, will be priced at $30,000, subsidies included.
All will be sold in global markets through GM dealerships, covered by factory warranties and backed by service procedures proven over the five years the current Volt has been on sale – with more than 70,000 Volts in the hands of customers.
Despite all this, Tesla remains the darling of the EV set. GM has made a demonstrable commitment to putting affordable electrified cars in the hands of the masses, but Tesla is considered a “buy” by a number of Wall Street analysts.
For instance, Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas has a $320 per-share price target on Tesla (trading today at about $266), yet the company continues to lose money. The first-quarter loss at Telsa amounted to $154.2 million (U.S.). Nonetheless, the stock market puts a market cap on Tesla of more than $30 billion.
By contrast, GM today was trading at $35.43, for a market cap of about $57 billion. This begs the question: Does it gall Pam Fletcher, GM’s executive chief engineer for electrification, and her team to see such buzz about Tesla, but not so much for GM? She pauses and says, “We just showed you a video of a real car.”
She also points out that GM purposely puts key electrified vehicles into the Chevrolet brand. GM’s hybrids, plug-in and pure electric cars are not just for the elite, she says, taking a jab at Tesla. The base price of a Model S in Canada is $77,200, or more than twice the expected price of the coming Bolt – or the estimated $33,000 price tag of the Spark EV when it hits retailers in Canada this October.
GM is anxious to get out its electrification message, naming it one of the key elements of the Chevy brand moving forward.
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Posted by GVN Admin on April 22nd, 2015 in Category Affiliate News, Auto Salvage, Canada, Car News, Cash for Clunkers, Charity News, Cool Cars, Cool Green Future, Fun and Humor, Green News, Green Tips, Interviews, Marketing and Promotion, Our Affiliates, Our Green World, Recycling News, Retire your Ride, Site News, Uncategorized, USA, Used Car Parts, Used Cars (no responses)
Is your car ticking, squealing, or knocking? Each sound means a different problem with your car. Read the following sounds to find the problem and solution required for each noise your car makes.
You hear a high-pitched squeal that stops when you shut off your engine: Readjust or replace the belt. These belts should have about half an inch of play and shouldn’t be frayed, cracked, or glazed on the underside.
You hear a continuous high-pitched sound that may continue after the engines shut off: Check the radiator pressure cap. The rubber gasket may be worn.
Something ticks rhythmically while your engine idles: Shut off the engine, wait ten minutes for the engine to cool and the oil to settle, and then check the oil level. If you have enough oil, have a mechanic check the valve adjustment.
If you hear a loud tapping or knocking sound in your engine, pull to the side of the road and call for road service. The source may be a loose rocker arm or carbon buildup inside the engine, but if it’s a loose bearing or a faulty piston, it can destroy the engine.
Mild knocking or “pinging” may be the result of using fuel with the wrong octane rating.
You hear the engine running after you turn off the ignition: Your engine is dieseling. This condition only happens to cars with carburetors. It is usually caused by an idle speed that’s set too high or excessive carbon in the combustion chamber.
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Posted by GVN Admin on September 30th, 2009 in Category Affiliate News, Auto Salvage, Canada, Cash for Clunkers, Charity News, Marketing and Promotion, Our Affiliates, Retire your Ride, USA, Used Car Parts (no responses)
For those of you that missed the news a couple of months ago we partnered up with CarsForums.com and we have our own forum area titled Used Auto Parts and Car Recycling – Just today we cracked 2,500 views and are looking forward to having many more visit.
We have some really great topics over there and I would like to encourage our members and visitors to swing-on-over and contribute!
Thanks again to everyone that has helped this partnership become such a great success!!!
Posted by GVN Admin on September 15th, 2009 in Category Canada, Cash for Clunkers, Green News, Recycling News, Retire your Ride, USA (no responses)
Canada’s own Retire your Ride program is an initiative of The Government of Canada, Clean Air Foundation and its partners, designed to enable people to get their high-polluting cars off the road and reward them for doing so. The program is committed to improving air quality by responsibly recycling vehicles and aims to retire at least 50,000 vehicles per year until March 31, 2011.
And this is all fine and dandy and I am a big supporter of anything that encourages folks to help the environment and it even puts a few bucks in their pockets. But there is a big problem when it comes to the fact that these cars need to be running and insured – and they only get $300 for a car in that condition.
What that means (and I know because I was in this situation with my 1994 Concorde that had only 75k kilometers on it) is: I have to get rid of my current car that is serving its purpose of getting me around to work and play but I only get a paltry $300 which won’t even cover one month of my new car payment of $400 for a Honda Civic. So really what is my incentive? Now if it was like the USA and I was getting a $3,500 discount off my new car I would say whoa, that pays for 10 months of my new car and maybe my old one would be dead by then anyways.
It is good to see various car companies coming out with incentives above the $300 the government is offering but to make this program a ‘real’ success I would like to see the minimum amount raised to $900 or even $1,200 for each car brought in through the program.
The ‘Cash for Clunkers’ program now renamed CARS was a huge success in the USA because it offered a real, worthwhile incentive to get old cars off the road, now it is time for the Canadian government to step up and offer more to make the Retire your Ride program even more successful.
Posted by GVN Admin on July 31st, 2009 in Category Affiliate News, Cash for Clunkers, Fun and Humor, Marketing and Promotion, Recycling News, USA, Used Cars (no responses)
Regular people are starting to chime in about the ‘runaway’ success of the Cash for Clunkers program.
Collecting money from the taxpayer to distribute to car buyers should be expanded to all areas of our daily lives. How about $325 bucks to anyone turning in their gas or electric powered lawnmower if they purchase three goats. How about $1700 towards the purchase of a 14 foot rowboat with oars if you turn in a twin engine Sea Ray. How about $400 bucks towards a deluxe roof mounted Windmill for your home if you discontinue your electric service. How about $2,100 towards a stand alone restroom behind your home if you turn in your toilet. Gee! , we could save all kinds of money! I sure am glad that we have Obama and the democrats in there with all of there great ideas. I am so proud that I just want to donate, donate donate!
I am not sure I agree with this guy but it did make me chuckle!!!
Posted by GVN Admin on July 31st, 2009 in Category Auto Salvage, Cash for Clunkers, Recycling News, USA (no responses)
Has this plan been so succesful it has to be put on hold already, well the Wall Street Journal is reporting just that!!
The U.S. government plans to temporarily suspend its “cash for clunkers” incentive program because Obama administration officials believe its $1 billion budget has been exhausted after just one week, said several congressional officials.
Department of Transportation officials contacted lawmakers offices Thursday evening to inform them the program would be put on hold as early as Friday, these people said.
The program, which offers rebates of up to $4,500 to consumers who trade in old vehicles and buy new, more fuel-efficient models, was launched July 24 and sparked a surge in car sales.
There is probably a hundred thousand cars still in limbo looking for disposal and I guess we can expect another 4 or 5 billion to be set aside for a more substantial run at this program because of its runaway success. It should leave us all in a great position to profit from the next wave!